You are an Adventurer!
Whether you fashion yourself after great warriors or seekers of lore, you want a life that takes you to interesting places in search of treasure, fame, knowledge, power, or just excitement. The Western Heartlands of Faerūn are filled with strange beasts, ancient ruins, and warring powers. It is here that you began your life as an adventurer and hope to continue.
You have a short life expectancy!
Nobody knows this better than the former adventurers known as "the Heartland Warders." Once a force known throughout the Heartlands, their number has diminished over the years and the remaining Warders have cooled the fires of their youth. You yourself have faced death and consider it a small miracle that you are alive today.
You need role models!
The three surviving Warders have retired from adventuring, but see that their skills are still needed. Though they have little taste for excitement and adventure, they offer guidance to would-be heroes who dream of adventure, but too often find just pain and death. They've found you after a few initial successes and offered their aid. Each has knowledge of the Western Heartlands which provides you with increased survivability in your pursuits. Their real goal is to have you deal with the kinds of things which need doing but they no longer feel up to. They are also trying to fill the vacuum left by their withdrawal from adventuring.